Friday, January 27, 2012


Kim Foale

The textured surfaces of these Southern Ice touch stones have been created using cigarette lighters and shells as stamps. The cigarette lighters were taken from the stomachs of dead Laysan Albatross Chicks on the Kure Atoll in Hawaii in 2009.

Disposable cigarette lighters, designed to be thrown away float on top of our oceans. Adult Albatross collect these lighters in their search for food and feed them to their chicks.

Eventually the Laysan Albatross Chicks stomachs fill with plastic pollution and die from starvation. Plastic bottle tops, balloon clips and cigarette lighters are the main pollutants.

These touchstones whilst beautiful are a deadly reminder that we are filling our oceans with plastic pollution.

image by Robin Roberts

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